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Oregon shooting: Gunman studied in college where he killed 9, dead identified

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Friday the man who shot dead nine people at an Oregon community college was a student in the class where the incident took place.

Hanlin addressed a press conference where he identified the nine dead, who range in age from 18 to 67.

When asked whether the shooter studied at Umpqua Community College. Hanlin said he was not sure about this at the time, but later updated a web page with confirmation Chris Harper-Mercer was enrolled there.

Rita Cavin, interim president of the school, told CNN that 26-year-old Harper-Mercer was enrolled in English and theater classes. She added the gunman initially opened fire in an English class.

Investigators found 13 firearms connected to shooter, Celinez Nunez of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. They also recovered five pistols and one rifle were found at the college.

Police searched his apartment and found two pistols, four rifles and a shotgun, she said. It is learned that all the guns were legally obtained by the shooter or family members over the last three years.

The police also recovered flak jacket next to a rifle at the school with five magazines of ammunition, Nunez said, adding that additional ammunition was found at the residence.

Authorities are yet to ascertain the motive for this horrific mass killing, which left nine people injured. The gunman went to the college in rural south Oregon heavily armed and wearing body armor, authorities said.

Two of the people killed were members of the local EMS and fire department "family," Douglas County Fire District No. 2 Chief Greg Marlar said.